FC Dallas will adhere to the following media rules and protocols for all matches at Toyota Stadium during the 2022 season. Please note that the FC Dallas Media and Communications Department will continue to follow certain policies and guidelines placed in 2020 to provide a safe environment to minimize the risk of COVID-19 at Toyota Stadium and Toyota Soccer Center. Media members who refuse to follow these protocols will result in loss of stadium access and credential revocation.
TRAINING COVERAGE AT TOYOTA SOCCER CENTER:
FC Dallas has been granted access by the FC Dallas medical staff to allow a limited number of media to cover training at Toyota Soccer Center. Media will be required to follow the following guidelines:
- Media will be required to park for FC Dallas training at the North Sienna Blue Lot adjacent to Camry Field 1.
- Media will then sign in, enter Toyota Soccer Center through the gates adjacent to North Sienna Blue Lot and use the walkway between Field 1 and Field 4 to access the designated media observation location.
- Media will be positioned at least 10 feet apart on the west side of Camry Field 1 and 30 feet away from the nearest touchline.
- Masks will be required at all times while on property.
- No media will be allowed to enter any club facilities.
- All interviews will continue to be fully remote via video conference call.
HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS:
To minimize the risk of COVID-19 at Toyota Stadium, please be mindful of the following:
All media members will be required to complete a Standardized Screening Questionnaire each matchday prior to being granted entry to Toyota Stadium. Temperature checks should be completed prior to arriving to the stadium.
A face mask will be always required while on site. All face masks need to always cover nose and mouth. FC Dallas reserves the right to approve all face masks, and to prohibit or disallow any masks deemed unacceptable. Face masks will be made available to media upon request.
Media members must maintain physical distancing from one another and others whenever possible inside Toyota Stadium. Congregating will be prohibited. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout Toyota Stadium. Media members are encouraged to wash or sanitize their hands frequently and may be required to wear gloves in certain instances. Please restrict your movement to your assigned work location and only use designated restrooms.
All media members will be given Tier 3 credentialing to Toyota Stadium. Due to the limited number of seats in the press box, we ask that only one media member per outlet RSVP to accommodate seating.
Media who plan to cover any match during the 2022 season must RSVP with Marleine Calderon (MCalderon@FCDallas.com) 48 hours prior to matchday to provide an assigned seat and press box meal. All media members approved entry to Toyota Stadium will receive a wristband after completing the Standardized Screening Questionnaire.
All photographers and videographers will be required to wear a bib provided by FC Dallas. Bibs will be checked out at the West Side Media Gate and will be required to be used at every game attended. Photographers and videographers must launder their own bibs and return them at the end of the season. If not returned, there will be a $25 charge to replace bib.
Media access will begin two (2) hours prior to kickoff. Media must leave Toyota Stadium no later than one (1) hour following postgame interviews. Per MLS protocols, access to the field, locker room, interview room, concourse, stadium seats and clubs is prohibited.
Print and TV media members will be assigned a seat in the press box with greater spacing between seats to adhere with individual local and state regulations and CDC guidelines on physical distancing.
Photographers will be assigned a specific working location down by the Toyota Stadium stage, adhering to the same physical distancing guidelines.Photographers will be allowed to move to the south end during halftime.
All media members will be escorted to their assigned workspace. Media members are not permitted to roam the stadium and must remain in their assigned location for the duration of their time at Toyota Stadium. Per MLS protocols, media members will not have direct access to players, coaches, Club delegation members, or other Tier 1 or Tier 2 individuals at any point, unless specifically escorted or permitted by FC Dallas.
No cameras or media members are permitted on the field during warmups or in technical areas.
Media parking is available in the Gold Lot adjacent to Dr. Pink Field at Toyota Soccer Center. All media members must wear an appropriate face mask during the entire entrance screening process and while walking through the parking lot to the doors of Toyota Stadium.
MEDIA WILL CALL/ENTRANCE AND EXIT:
Media Will Call will be in conjunction with the West Side Media Entrance of Toyota Stadium, adjacent to the Platinum Lot. Media must enter and exit through this dedicated location only. The West Side Media Entrance is a tented entrance located just south of the West Gate.
After the screening process, media will be escorted to their assigned locations in the press box using the freight elevator through the WinStar World Casino and Resort kitchen. Photographers will be escorted across the concourse and access the Toyota Stadium stage through the stairs by the north concourse and Lamar Hunt statue. Media will be escorted out of Toyota Stadium one (1) hour after the conclusion of the match.
All media information will be available online on FCDallas.com/Media, the MLS Media Resources page and MatchCenter and will also be posted on the @FCDPR Twitter account. No printed information media materials will be available.
MEDIA AVAILABILITIES AND PLAYER/HEAD COACH INTERVIEWS:
Media availabilities will be provided on Matchday -2 via video conference calls. Information regarding who will join the conference calls will be emailed the day prior to the conference call.
The FC Dallas head coach and two players (one English-speaking and one Spanish-speaking) will be available via video conference call at every Matchday -2 press conference.
The FC Dallas head coach and two players (one English-speaking and one Spanish-speaking) will be available via video conference call generally 15 minutes from the final whistle of each match for every postgame press conference. Media members can attend the postgame press conference virtually from their assigned seats or in the south end press conference room. Media members are required to wear face masks while conducting interviews.
Players and coaches will be required to wear face masks for all media interviews (pregame, postgame, flash interviews, etc.)
All media members are prohibited from entering the locker room of either Club for interviews, filming or any other purpose. FC Dallas will refer to the MLS Media Access Policy for further information regarding media access.
PRINT AND TV MEDIA GUIDELINES:
Print and TV media members will be assigned a seat in the press box. The Press Box will be restricted to only Tier 3 credentialed media members and club personnel.
Wireless internet access is available through ToyotaStadium_Media.
Photographers will be permitted on-site two (2) hours prior to kickoff and must leave Toyota Stadium no later than one (1) hour after the conclusion of the match.
There will be no field access. Photographers will be able to shoot a match from assigned positions at least 20 feet from the field touchline on the Toyota Stadium stage and from the south end of Toyota Stadium. Positions are subject to the minimum distance requirements. Restrooms will be available near the stage.
Photographers must remain in assigned location during run of play and must always maintain physical distanced space between themselves and others. Photographers may not roam without approval from the FC Dallas Media and Communications team. Photographers should not enter the playing field, locker rooms or other Restricted Areas proximate to players, coaches, Club delegation members, or other Tier 1 or Tier 2 individuals at any point, unless specifically escorted or permitted by FC Dallas.
Photographers will have a photo workspace located on the Toyota Stadium stage with tables, power and ethernet connectivity as well as the Shell Space. Seats will be provided along the edge of the stage and underneath the video boards on the north side of Toyota Stadium. Assigned seats will be provided in the south end of Toyota Stadium will be provided in the second half of the match.
Videographers will be permitted on-site two (2) hours prior to kickoff and must leave Toyota Stadium no later than one (1) hour after the conclusion of the match. There will be no field access. Videographers will be able to shoot the first 15 minutes of each half for non-broadcast coverage from an assigned position determined by FC Dallas and MLS prior to admission but will not include being in any location being proximate to Tier 1 individuals or the playing field. Positions are subject to the minimum distance requirements.
Videographers must maintain physical distance from others in the seating bowl and may not roam without approval from the FC Dallas Media and Communications team. Videographers must wear gloves, avoid touching surfaces with their hands, and maintain physical distance from others in the seating bowl.
TELEVISION LIVE SHOTS:
FC Dallas and Toyota Stadium will determine the location for TV news crews to film standups and live hits inside and outside of the stadium. There will be no access to the field of play, field level or player tunnel areas.
Crews will be required to follow health and safety guidelines, including physical distancing and PPE.
Meal service will be available in the press box during the 2022 season. Media members are required to RSVP to Marleine Calderon (MCalderon@FCDallas.com) 48 hours prior to matchday to ensure a press box meal will be ordered.
Bottled water will be provided.
Media will not be allowed to leave property once they are inside. Food deliveries will not be permitted onto Toyota Stadium property.
PRO POOL REPORTER:
The virtual process will be initiated when a pool reporter emails questions to a general communications inbox, where responses will be facilitated by MLS Communications through answers provided by PRO General Manager Howard Webb.
The public ToyotaStadiumWiFi is also accessible throughout Toyota Stadium.